On April 4, Jenn Slater shared a video that her fourth grade daughter Cassidy made about bullying.
According to Jenn, when Cassidy first uploaded the video to her personal Facebook account, it received around 22,000 views.
In the video, Cassidy is in front of the camera, her story about being bullied since first grade is scrawled on multiple sheets of paper.
One by one, she flashed each part of her story to the screen:
My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old. I got to John Adams Elementary School. I am in 4th grade. I stared getting bullied in first grade.
One day during recess a group of kids grabbed my purse off of a teach and spit on it and me. The group of kids always come up to me during recess trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me…
Kids didn’t even want to go near me. Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up.
They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself. They also spilt milk all over my jacket. They also call me names.
There’s 4 of them and only one of me. The principal doesn’t do anything. I feel so alone. I fell like I have no one. It hurts.
This is my story… Stop bullying, not just for me, for other kids too. Please share my story. Thank you for watching.
When her school caught wind of the video, they reached out to Facebook to have the video taken down.
Jenn explained on Facebook:
This is a video my daughter Cassidy posted originally from her own Facebook page. Her caption said, “please everyone help share my story about being bullied not only for me but for everyone.” Her story reached 22k views before the Scranton School District contacted Facebook and her Facebook got shut down because she’s not 13 [years] of age to have a Facebook. She was threatened by the principal to remove the video or he was going to report it and he was successful.
The mother wrote that she will be her daughter’s voice:
This does not stop here, I will be my daughters voice, I will share her story and I hope others will share too. This isn’t about the shares or views or if it goes viral, it’s about spreading awareness — although seeing that smile on Cassidy’s face each time the number of views and shares got larger, that was everything. She’s upset she has to start all over but let’s do this for her….please share her story let’s put that smile back on her face!
The Duryea, Pennsylvania mom took to Facebook again to address not only her daughter’s school district, but all school districts.
Dear Scranton School District (and all school districts),
Your job is not only to teach our children academics, when our children walk through that door and their (sic) in your care for the next 6-7 hours, it’s your turn to be our voice when we’re not there to guide them. It’s your job to remind them of what we teach them at home, if we teach them not to bully, you teach them the same, if their (sic) getting away with it at school your contradicting what we teach them at home, we need to be on the same page. You take a big part in molding our children into the bright smart young lady’s (sic) and gentleman (sic) they will become, and prepare them for their future. Remember it starts at home but it’s carried over to school, step up, take part, teach them, discipline them, protect them, acknowledge the good and the bad in them, love them like we do!
Cassidy’s father, James Warner, told ABC News that he never expected his daughter’s video to garner the attention of so many people. So far, the original video has over 165,000 views and thousands of shares.
“[Cassidy] has been getting comments from all over the world and it’s so much positive stuff. Words cant explain how grateful I am for it.”
Warner admitted that he had no idea his daughter was feeling so alone until he saw the video himself, and just talking about the video gets him “choked up.”
He told ABC News that he knew his daughter was being bullied and had multiple meeting with the school. One of the solutions was that Cassidy change her lunch time, recess time, and her classroom:
“At that point Cass was feeling like, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. Why am I the one who has to change everything?'”
The father met with the school again after Cassidy posted the video on social media:
“I never once tried to put the blame on the school. The whole purpose was to let everybody see that these kids are not supposed to be feeling like this.”
Since Cassidy’s video has gone viral, people have taken to social media to support of the fourth grader— even stars like Hugh Jackman:
After her daughter’s story went viral, Jenn told Dearly that she and her husband ultimately made the decision to pull Cassidy out of her school:
“We decided [that] we are taking her out of John Adams after this weeks PSSAs. Things are not getting better. We had to go to the superintendent about a staff member of the school speaking bad about her on facebook. We demanded she lose her job and to our surprise she did get fired. But it’s just too much going on to keep her in that school.”
Jenn did not say what new school Cassidy will be enrolling in.